The best double buggies for a toddler and baby

Choosing a double buggy to transport two siblings of different ages? Don’t buy anything until you check out our pick of tandem and twin buggies...

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Transporting a toddler and baby in comfort isn’t an impossible task. While your toddler and baby both have different needs, there are buggies on the market designed to meet those.

Having a lie-flat carrycot and seat unit that reclines independently is crucial. Newborns need to be able to lie flat, which obviously isn’t ideal for curious toddlers eager to watch the world pass by!

And your baby and toddler will no doubt snooze off at different times, so the ability to recline or raise their seat without bothering their brother or sister is key to a whine-free outing.

Things to think about before buying a buggy for a baby and toddler:

Weight: Having two babies in a pushchair can make even the lightest double buggy hard work when pushing it around, popping it up a kerb or carrying it up and down stairs. So make sure you’re happy with the weight of the pushchair before you buy it.

Age range: It’s worth noting that although some tandem buggies are sold with a ‘suitable to and from’ weight range, it varies widely for each pushchair.  With tandem buggies if you add a second seat it often limits the weight you can put in the buggy over all.  For instance, a buggy can be advertised as suitable up to 25kg, but that’s not necessarily for each seat, it may be for both children, meaning each seat can only take a maximum of 12.5kg.  It’s best to check the manual of a pushchair to find out its maximum usage, as each model is different.   The great thing about a side-by-side buggy is that if it is advertised as suitable up to 17kg, both seats will be suitable up to 17kg.

Width:  There’s no getting away from it, a double buggy will either be wider or longer than a single pushchair, so before you pick the double buggy of your choice, measure your doors and hallways to make sure it fits and you have space to store it.

Lying flat: For a pushchair to be suitable from birth for a newborn, it’ll either need a lie-flat carrycot or completely lie-flat seat.

Some double buggies even give the choice of attaching different seating option, such as a car seat suitable from birth. Others offer you the choice of having your toddler and baby facing different directions. One of the big decisions will be whether a twin or tandem style will be best for you. We have more straightforward advice on picking the perfect double pushchair in our buyer’s guide.

Whatever your preference – and your budget – there’s a double buggy out there to suit your lifestyle.

See the best buggies for a baby and toddler…

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1. Silver Cross Coast, £950

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £950

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1175

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): 15.5kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Double or convertible buggy over £500 – Gold

Ever-reliable Silver Cross produced its lightest ever convertible single-to-double pram just in time to scoop the top Gold prize in the MFM Awards 2019.

The stylish winner was also deemed ‘comfortable and practical’, by our reviewing mum, Laura.

MFM consumer & reviews editor and mum of 2 Christy, says: “It is lovely to push and very easy to remove the seats and carry cot, and to fold down. Compared to the Joolz Geo2 Duo, it is slightly tricky to work out which adapters you need to use all the different configurations, but still, a really nice premium double pushchair.”

Great for a newborn and toddler, bear in mind the Coast isn’t ideal for twins as you can only use one car seat, or one carrycot, with a seat unit.

It comes with one seat, one carrycot as standard and you can pick up an additional seat is £225.

It is a beauty to push with a great sized basket – not something to be taken for granted when you are adding so many bums on seats.

Like many other duals, add a buggy board to the Coast and it will ferry about up to three children if needed.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Silver Cross, Mothercare and John Lewis

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2. iCandy Peach, £999

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1,245

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1,245

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): 17.4kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Double or convertible buggy over £500 – Joint Silver 

If this isn’t your first rodeo, then you might be familiar with the iCandy Peach (see our full iCandy Peach review).

The latest version has had 60 modifications over the last ten years, meaning it is well and truly modernised.

Unlike the Silver Cross Coast, it can carry two car seats at once, so twins ­­ welcome on board! Overall, however, the Peach is heavier than some doubles, including the Coast.

The seats are stacked, so the footprint of the buggy stays as wide as just a single – hello, doorframes and buses!

Also (and this is brilliant), the seat unit is also the carrycot unit, you simply zip the fabric in and out, and the seat becomes the baby unit.

MFM judge, Stephanie, says, “The carrycot is very spacious which means there is plenty of room for my little one to grow in it and my toddler seems very happy in the sit up seat on top. This pram folds down lovely and small so fits in the car well.”

There is a designer version of the Peach called ‘Cerium’, if you want a luxury upgrade.

It’s a great choice for parents considering having more children later down the line, as you can buy the Peach as a single, knowing it can convert to a double if needed – similar to the Joolz Geo2, further down our list.

Available from: iCandy, Mothercare and Little Angels

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3. Joie Evalite Duo, £250

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £250

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £250

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): Just over 10kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Double or convertible buggy under £500 – Gold

For a double that is comparatively more affordable than the Coast or Peach, meet the  Gold Award-winning Evalite Duo.

MFM judge Jenny says, “It is great quality, nice and spacious. It pushes really nicely and is easy to fold, too; love it!”

Its lightweight quality, however, mean that the handling on all terrains might not meet all expectations.

Our mum of two, Helen, says, “It was ideal for the quick walk to pre-school on normal pavements, but it’s not great off-road on gravel or cobbles.”

The formation is one seat behind the other, with the back seat either fully reclining or which can be swapped for a Joie car seat, for a newborn, parent-facing.

Ok, so it doesn’t perhaps look quite as sleek, doesn’t have a bassinet option, or have as many formation options as the designer juggernauts, but for the price, it does what it says on the tin and is a great lightweight option for city dwellers.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Argos and Very

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4. Joolz Geo² Duo, £849

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1,099

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1,099

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): 22.1kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Double or convertible buggy over £500 – Joint Silver

The designer looks of the Joolz Geo2 Duo really set this one apart from the crowd.

With its sturdy frame and comfortable ride, ideal for a baby and toddler, it certainly matches up to the Silver Cross Coast in terms of spec. Importantly, like the iCandy Peach, it also fits onto bus spaces, even in the double mode – though it is on the heavy side.

Our mum of two reviewer, Anna, says, “Without a doubt the best double buggy I’ve tested to date. A joy to manoeuvre, the Geo2 feels as good as it looks. It’s as close to effortless as a double buggy gets in my experience. It’s expensive but worth it for the stress-free steering.”

Similarly to the Peach, the Geo2 provides the frame and fabric for the carrycot to become a seat, and you can also buy it as a single buggy, too.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Joolz, BumpStart and PushchairExpert

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5. Uppababy Vista, £849.99

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £849.99

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1078.99

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): 12.5kg

For one, two, or even three children – the UPPABaby Vista convertible buggy has been designed with a growing family in mind. It is easy to fold, and the carrycot is very easy to detach, thanks to a release button at the top of its hood, meaning more chance of keeping a sleeping baby, asleep.

We love the extra large basket size, similar to the Silver Cross Coast.

Our MFM mum reviewer Kath says, “I love using this buggy and it meets all of our family needs with ease. I’d definitely recommend it due to its versatility, smooth manoeuvrability, comfort and excellent storage. The fact that it’s the only stroller you’ll ever need makes the price point more palatable.”

There are numerous configurations, from two carrycots, a toddler seat, two toddler seats, and more, plus the option to add the PiggyBack buggy board (£119.99) for travelling with three.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Very, UberKids and Amazon

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6. Kids Kargo Duel DS Combi Junior, £325

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £325

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £325

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): 17kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Double or convertible buggy under £500 – Silver

The Kids Kargo Duel Combi Junior scooped a Silver Award in our 2019 Awards. As well as its practical features, it has some of the glam looks of an iCandy or Joolz, without the pricetag.

Top pros include the bassinet, which, unlike in many other doubles, is pretty roomy so will accommodate a sleeping baby for longer.

Plus, like the iCandy, it can be used as a single buggy, and the carrycot converts to a seat – so there’s no need to buy separately, which is brilliant on the purse and storage space.

Our mum of two review, Sybilla, says, “It’s a sleek, smart answer to a double buggy or single to double buggy for parents that live in an urban or semi-rural environment and have room to store it. I would recommend it for parents who don’t spend too much time travelling on public transport and are looking for a comfortable single to double buggy for their baby and toddler.”

However, might be worth measuring up before you buy, as some parents have found the toddler seat on the small side, especially when the bassinet is on top.

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Amazon, Precious Little One and Kids Kargo

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7. Quinny Hubb Duo, £629+

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit):£828

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £758

Weight with carrycot and seat (newborn and toddler mode): 18.58kg

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Double or convertible buggy over £500 – Bronze 

Renowned as the ‘shopping pushchair’ for good reason – you can fit up to 20kg of shopping in that basket – the Hubb is also incredibly strong as a double.

Unlike many others on our list, like the Kids Kargo, the Quinny Hubb requires separate bassinets and seats – one doesn’t convert to the other.

Worth noting, too, that our mum reviewer, Helen, says, “I would definitely recommend the Hubb, as it can adapt to every stage your children are at, athough it is heavy to push and doesn’t not fold away easily or compactly.”

However, at 57cm, it is very narrow without compromising on seat comfort, and mum of 3, Deanna, wouldn’t be without hers, saying, “This pram was a game changer for me! I have a side-by-side pram for my twins and rarely fit into change rooms or even out my front door – the Quinny Hubb is extremely narrow and I can fit anywhere! I would highly recommend this pram.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Quinny, Precious Little One and Bella Baby

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8. Thule Sleek, £779.99

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £1054.99

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1094.99

Weight with carrycot and seat (so newborn and toddler mode): 15kg + weight of bassinet

Sleek design, but not so sleek to purchase. Everything is sold separately, including the convertor kit, which can get confusing – so do budget before you buy. This also means that although it is easy to put together and to fold, it is going to take up more storage space than some of the models above, which have convertible bassinets.

However, the Sleek does have a ‘twin’ mode, so you can attach two bassinets or car seats. Our mum reviewer Rhiannon tested the Sleek in single mode, and says: “A cool pram with a Scandinavian vibe which is almost endlessly adaptable, with a size and stability that belies how easy it is to build, fold and push around. I’d definitely recommend this pram – not only is it premium quality, but it’s been well thought through and cleverly designed.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Amazon, Uber Kids and Just Kids Things

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9. Cosatto Wow XL, £749.95

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £749.95

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £949.91

Weight with carrycot and seat (so newborn and toddler mode): 21kg

Hot off the buggy press, the Wow XL came out in April 2019, dubbed the ‘ultimate family unit’.

Based on the multi award-winning Wow pushchair, this new iteration from British brand Cosatto is now a convertible – so it can be used as a single or double pushchair.

It’s suitable from birth and can be used with two carrycots, which means it can work as a double for twin babies or for a baby and toddler.

It’s also travel system compatible with Cosatto’s Dock 0+ car seat. The Wow XL comes with a carrycot and a seat, and you can buy additional seats and carrycots as needed. Cool. Whether the prints are your style or not, they are certainly divisive; but if you love Cosatto, you’ll love the Wow XL.

Available from: Cosatto, Lesters Nursery World and Boots

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10. Babystyle Hybrid Tandem, £678

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £648

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £678

Weight with carrycot and seat (so newborn and toddler mode): 15.4kg

Comparatively to others on our list, the Hybrid is a great value lightweight tandem, and like most you can easily add an additional seat unit or carrycot.

The seats come with height adapters to create more space for your children as they grow, which is a nice touch. These also put the seat unit at dining table height – no need for finding room for a highchair when out and about.

When you’re travelling with just one child, it can be used as a compact single stroller in City mode, making the most of the smaller rear wheels and narrow axle to manoeuvre busy shops and pavements. Whichever mode, folds down easily to a compact size, extendable shopping basket, and a host of other great features.

Mum of 3, Natalie, says, “I LOVE this pushchair! As a mum with two pre-schoolers, this pushchair ticks all the boxes: the seats are of equal size to accommodate two growing children, unlike other tandems on the market where one seat is smaller than the other. I love the fact that the design means the bottom seat doesn’t compromise space in the shopping basket – the adjustable footrest means there’s plenty of room for my baby’s feet as well as shopping. The engineering is really slick and it’s easy to adjust the seats and fold the chassis.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Pramworld, Baby Planet and Amazon

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11. Tutti Bambini Arlo, £530

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and seat unit): £690

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £720

Weight with carrycot and seat (so newborn and toddler mode): 12.5kg

Designed to grow with your family, this is one versatile buggy, and well-priced, too. It is comparatively lightweight and the ideal choice for twins, as the Arlo can be used with two carrycots, or seats units and is travel system compatible as well, meaning you can fit two car seats on the frame.

You will find it sold in many varying combinations, so you can pick the right one for your family. The Charcoal colour way is subtly stylish, similar to the Thule Sleek. The removable seats are forward and rear facing and you can single-hand fold while the seats are attached – now you’re talking!

Available from: Tutti Bambini, Peppermint London and Uber Kids

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12. Egg Tandem, £878

Price if using with a newborn and toddler (carrycot from birth and two seat units): £1,287

Price as a double pushchair with two seats (6 months +): £1,088

Weight with carrycot and seat (so newborn and toddler mode): 17.5kg

A convertible buggy with a striking design based on the smooth curve of egg, the pushchair features a distinctively rounded seat unit and chassis.

The chassis is strong, and despite its bulky frame is

easy to steer and push. It is a similar price to the top of the range Joolz, and compares well, albeit a bit heavier and not as compact to store as the Vista.

Its weight could be an issue for anyone considering any nifty moves, and unlike the iCandy and Joolz, you might struggle getting it on buses, but the Egg Tandem does have excellent manoeuvrability, is slim-line for a double buggy, and has a sturdy chassis.

Our mum of two reviewer Rebecca says: “On the whole it gave a very smooth ride, I found it easy pushing it over grass and rougher ground in the park, and it was also great on cobbles. I had previously felt that my iCandy Peach Blossom was pretty unbeatable in terms of smoothness of pushing and ability on rougher terrain but this does surpass it.”

Read our full MFM review

Available from: Little Angels Prams, Precious Little One and Simply Baby

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13. Out N About Nipper Double, £524.95

Weight: 12.8kg

And now for something completely different… the only side-by-side double buggy on our list.

The Nipper is designed for parents who want to combine fitness and off-terrain walks with a pushchair for two little ones. It can be used out on every terrain and it is very smooth to push thanks to the 3-wheel design and extra-large pneumatic tyres.

You can fix the front wheel for added stability on rougher ground, or switch back to a swivel setting for moving nimbly round busy pavements.

The lightweight, aluminium frame weighs 12.8kg, and each of the independently reclining seats can be used to 22kg, or around 4 years.

Just note that although it can be used from newborn, it’s only recommended for jogging from when your little one is 6 months old (with the front wheel fixed). And unlike the rest of our list, it isn’t travel system compatible.

Available from: Out N About and Uber Kids

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